Early American Migration
Oregon stone tools enliven 'earliest Americans' debate BBC - July 13, 2012
Scientists studying how North America was first settled have found stone spearheads and darts in Oregon, US, that date back more than 13,000 years. The hunting implements, which are of the "Western Stemmed" tradition, are at least as old as the famous Clovis tools thought for a long time to belong to the continent's earliest inhabitants. Precise carbon dating of dried human feces discovered alongside the stone specimens tied down their antiquity.
New fossils of oldest American primate PhysOrg - November 16, 2011
Johns Hopkins researchers have identified the first ankle and toe bone fossils from the earliest North American true primate, which they say suggests that our earliest forerunners may have dwelled or moved primarily in trees, like modern day lemurs and similar mammals.
Paleo CSI: Early Hunters Left Mastodon Murder Weapon Behind Live Science - October 21, 2011
A new look at a very old mastodon skeleton has turned up evidence of the first known hunting weapon in North America, a tool made of bone that predates previously known hunting technology by 800 years. The sharp bit of bone, found embedded in a mastodon rib unearthed in the 1970s, has long been controversial. Archaeologists have argued about both the date assigned to the bone - around 14,000 years old - and about whether the alleged weapon was really shaped by human hands. But now, researchers say it's likely that 13,800 years ago, hunters slaughtered elephant-like mastodons using bony projectile points not much bigger around than pencils, sharpened to needle-like tips.
Old American theory is 'speared' BBC - October 21, 2011
An ancient bone with a projectile point lodged within it appears to up-end - once and for all - a long-held idea of how the Americas were first populated. The rib, from a tusked beast known as a mastodon, has been dated precisely to 13,800 years ago. This places it before the so-called Clovis hunters, who many academics had argued were the North American continent's original inhabitants.
Stone tools 'demand new American story' BBC - March 25, 2011
The long-held theory of how humans first populated the Americas may have been well and truly broken. Archaeologists have unearthed thousands of stone tools that predate the technology widely assumed to have been carried by the first settlers. The discoveries in Texas are seen as compelling evidence that the so-called Clovis culture does not represent America's original immigrants. Details of the 15,500-year-old finds are reported in Science magazine.
Pictures: Prehistoric American Skull Found in Sea Cave? First American? National Geographic - March 10, 2011
Divers carefully place a marker near a human skull found upside down in a large underwater cave near the Caribbean Sea on Mexico's YucatAn Peninsula in 2007. Based on the skull's location, the team believes the remains ended up there about 10,000 years ago - just before the then dry cave was inundated as sea level began rising. If confirmed, that age would make the skull one of the oldest known remains of an early American, or Paleo-Indian.
Ice Age Child Found in Prehistoric Alaskan Home National Geographic - February 25, 2011
In what's now central Alaska, one of the first Americans—only three years old at the time - was laid to rest in a pit inside his or her house 11,500 years ago, a new excavation reveals. The ancient home site and human remains—the oldest known in subarctic North America - provide an unprecedented glimpse into the daily lives of Ice Age Americans, scientists say.
Ancient woman suggests diverse migration PhysOrg - July 23, 2010
A scientific reconstruction of one of the oldest sets of human remains found in the Americas appears to support theories that the first people who came to the hemisphere migrated from a broader area than once thought, researchers say.
Footprints Show 1st Americans Came 25,000 Years Early? National Geographic - June 7, 2008
Fossilized faeces found in Oregon's Paisley Caves may help solve the riddle
of when and how humans came to the Americas. BBC - April 3, 2008
Fossil Feces Is Earliest Evidence of N. America Humans National Geographic - April 3, 2008
... dating to 14,300 years ago, some 1,200 years before Clovis culture and provides apparent genetic ties to Siberia or Asia, according to an international team of 13 scientists.
Polynesians And Their Chickens Arrived in Americas Before Columbus National Geographic - June 4, 2007
First Americans Arrived Recently, Settled Pacific Coast, DNA Study Says National Geographic - February 6, 2007
Who were the first Americans? National Geographic Special
First Americans May Have Been European Live Science - February 20, 2006
Ancient People Followed 'Kelp Highway' to America Live Science - February 20, 2006
Ancient humans from Asia may have entered the Americas following an ocean highway made of dense kelp.
Prehistoric Graves Reveal Americas' First Baby Boom National Geographic - January 10, 2006
Footprints of 'first Americans' BBC - July 5, 2005
Did Prince Henry Sinclair discover America? Scotsman.com - May 20, 2005
New Evidence Puts Man In North America 50,000 Years Ago Science Daily - November 2004
Seafaring clue to first Americans 8,000 years ago BBC - February 2004
Humans reached America at least 30,000 years ago BBC - July 2003
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